Summary of Development Proposals Received for Maryland Park Lake District Published by City of Maryland Heights

Maryland Heights, Mo., July 8, 2016 – The City of Maryland Heights has published a summary of the six development proposals received last week for portions of the Maryland Park Lake District Development Area.  The summary, along with a map and renderings, can be found on the city’s new website for the development area at www.mplakedistrict.com.

Highlights of each proposal include the following:

  • Altus Properties is proposing the development of approximately 400-450 market-rate apartment units, to be constructed in two phases, as well as supporting select service retail on approximately 31 acres;
  • Creve Coeur Airport proposes development options that may include, but would not be limited to, runway extensions, runway construction, apron expansion, corporate and t-hangar development, and enhancements to airfield navigational aids and safety equipment;
  • Hat Trick Consultants proposes a mid-size multipurpose Event Center with approximately 6,200 permanent seats (8,000 seats for non-ice events) designed after the former St. Louis Arena with a “Retro Arena’ feel with the same amenities for standard similar venues of this size across the country;
  • Howard Bend Development proposes the “Little Lake Town Center” of 570 acres that could include regional retail, office campus, health and wellness, entertainment and amusement facilities and residential development, as well as a 1,365 acre area for land conservation and youth sports programs;
  • Pannatoni proposes retail/service retail uses on 134 acres along the Route 141 corridor and office-flex/office-distribution uses further north for a total of nearly of 1.3 million square feet;
  • SLCSW Farms LLC proposes approximately 44 acres of service commercial – service retail (restaurant, convenience stores/service stations, etc.), hotel and other commercial uses designed to complement and support other uses within the entire development area.

The City has begun the process of studying the proposals and conducting a series of public workshops and other meetings for input leading to a final decision sometime in February on which developments will proceed.  The first public workshop is scheduled for July 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maryland Heights Government Center.

The City’s Comprehensive Plan calls for the development area to be a mixed use destination featuring 30% open and green space along with regional retail, an office campus, hospitality and entertainment venues, regional sport venues and residential developments.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determined that most of the property in the development area is not flood plain thanks to the 500-year levee protecting the area from the Missouri River and may be developed for commercial, industrial or residential uses.

For more information about the development area, visit www.mplakedistrict.com.

Maryland Heights Receives Six Proposals for Maryland Park Lake District Development Area

Maryland Heights, Mo., June 30, 2016 – The City of Maryland Heights has received six proposals to develop various parts of its 1,800-acre Maryland Park Lake District development area.  Today is the deadline for interested developers to submit their proposals to the City.  Proposals were received from the following developers:

  • Altus Properties
  • Creve Coeur Airport
  • Hat Trick Consultants, LLC
  • SLCSW Farm, LLC
  • Howard Bend Development, LLC
  •  Panattoni Development

The City will now begin the process of studying the proposals and conducting a series of public workshops and other meetings for input leading to a final decision sometime in February on which developments will proceed.  A summary of each proposal received will be issued by the City on July 11, and the first public workshop is scheduled for July 26 at the Maryland Heights Government Center.

The City’s Comprehensive Plan calls for the development area to be a mixed use destination featuring 30% open and green space along with regional retail, an office campus, hospitality and entertainment venues, regional sport venues and residential developments.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determined that most of the property in the development area is not flood plain thanks to the 500-year levee protecting the area from the Missouri River and may be developed for commercial, industrial or residential uses.  More information about the development area can be found at www.mplakedistrict.com.

The original deadline for proposals was extended after the St. Louis Blues recently announced plans to build a new ice sports complex on St. Louis County-owned land adjacent to the City’s development area.

“The news about the St. Louis Blues project did not significantly alter the level of interest previously expressed by developers to the City,” said Jim Krischke, City Administrator for Maryland Heights.  “I think this says a lot about the economic viability of this development area to stand on its own and make Maryland Heights a more attractive place to live, play, visit, work and do business.”

Maryland Heights Launches New Informational Website for Maryland Park Lake District Development Area

Maryland Heights, Mo.,  June 20, 2016 – A new website to provide the public and the news media with accurate information regarding development in the 1800-acre Maryland Park Lake District (the District) has been launched by the City of Maryland Heights.  Information on the site includes the latest news, a fact sheet with frequently asked questions and answers on a range of key issues, a timeline of the development process including upcoming public meetings and workshops, a collection of planning studies and background documents, a history of the development area, a map and photos.  The new website can be found at www.mplakedistrict.com.

“Much has been discussed and reported publicly over the years about the District, including a great deal of inaccurate information, and we want the public to be fully informed as this process moves forward and gains more attention,” said Jim Krishke, City Administrator for the City of Maryland Heights.  “We are being upfront and accountable with our information. This website will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.”

On June 30 the City will announce the proposals it has received from potential developers for the District and the next steps in the development process.

The District will be a mixed use destination development featuring 30% open and green space.  Development of the District is critical to ensuring the City continues its position as a regional employment and recreation center.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determined that most of the property in the District is not flood plain and may be developed for commercial, industrial or residential uses and qualifies for federal flood insurance.

“We understand that there are organizations opposed to developing the District,” Krischke added. “Once we have a chance to carefully review all the proposed plans received, we will reach out to these groups to seek ways to incorporate their opinions into the development plans.”

Deadline to be extended to June 30 for Maryland Park Lake District Redevelopment Proposal submissions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 27, 2016

            The City of Maryland Heights will extend its submission deadline for receipt of proposals from parties interested in developing an approximately 1,800-acre area located along the Maryland Heights Expressway known as the Maryland Park Lake District (MPLD) to June 30, 2016, at 4:00 p.m.

“Due to a recently proposed ice sports complex development to be located adjacent to the MPLD, the City Council believes it would be prudent to extend the submission deadline to June 30, 2016, so prospective developers have sufficient time to consider the impact of the proposed hockey complex on any potential MPLD redevelopment proposal,” said City Administrator James S. Krischke.  “A resolution to extend the city’s MPLD real estate development submission deadline to June 30 is currently before the City Council and we expect that resolution to be approved by the City Council at its June 2 meeting.”

On February 4, 2016, the City Council authorized staff to seek requests for proposals for redevelopment projects within the MPLD and set April 15, 2016 as the proposal submission deadline, which later was extended to May 31, 2016.  The City will consider proposals from qualified developers interested in redeveloping all or a portion of the area in a manner consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan for the MPLD. The Comprehensive Plan for the MPLD contemplates that the area will be redeveloped for a mix of uses, which may include regional retail, office campus, hospitality and entertainment venues, regional sport venues, and residential developments, together with appropriate accessory commercial uses carefully integrated into a town center development.

On Monday May 23, the St. Louis Blues hockey team announced plans for the proposed development of a $35 million practice facility next to Creve Coeur Lake Park, which is located on Marine Avenue in Maryland Heights on land owned by St. Louis County. With seating for 1,800 spectators, the proposed complex would host youth and collegiate hockey as well as St. Louis Blues practice sessions, according to St. Louis Blues officials. Team officials said they hope to open the ice complex in late 2018.

“We plan to announce the proposals we have received and the next steps in the development process at the conclusion of the submission period on June 30,” Krischke added.